Immediate Past President’s Message

The Maritime Law Association of Singapore (MLAS) was established with the object of promoting the study and advancement of maritime and international trade law in Singapore. This includes a regular review of maritime and international trade law in other jurisdictions and formulating proposals for the unification of such laws.

The MLAS is the national member organisation of the Comite Maritime International (CMI), a non-governmental international organisation devoted to the object of the unification of maritime law. The MLAS is the only organization in Singapore recognised by CMI as entitled to attend and vote in CMI conferences. At these conferences, discussions take place amongst delegates from around the world with the object of arriving at conclusions on issues of maritime law of the day for transmission to governments or international organisations such as the United Nations and the International Maritime Organisation. As a result, the CMI plays an active role in the initiation, promotion and review of international maritime conventions and model laws.

Given Singapore’s status as a maritime hub and as one of the world’s busiest ports, and her strategic location at the heart of key international seaborne trade routes, the advancement of maritime and international trade law in Singapore by the MLAS would not only strengthen trade links between Singapore and her international partners, but also promote the growth of the international maritime sector as both domestic and international parties benefit from the certainty provided by Singapore’s maritime and international trade law.

MLAS seeks to play a key role, through its activities, in cultivating greater interest in maritime and international trade law among lawyers, jurists, and students in Singapore.

S Mohan
Immediate Past President of MLAS

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